Mia Boe in included in the group exhibition ‘From the other side’ currently on show at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA).
Embedding the self within a distorted scenography of quintessential Australian cinema, the artist re-populates film stills from ‘Walkabout’ and ‘Wake in Fright’ (both 1971) through the figuration of a spectral presence painted atop the lightbox surface.
Boe has produced two new works, ‘A Desolate Primitive Place’ and ‘I Suspect’ (both 2023) that mark the artist’s first employment of the lightbox as an agent of display and support. The silhouetted figures laid upon this illuminated surface disquiet the sinister and tension-filled spaces in each frame, reasserting presence in instances of narrative cinema which proliferate a jarring and ambiguous relationship to space and place.
Curated by Jessica Clark and Elyse Goldfinch, the exhibition brings together nineteen Australian and international artists, integrating historical and contemporary works alongside key new commissions that draw upon horror’s capacity to transgress and destabilise forms of power and subjugation. The exhibition casts a lens upon feminist, queer and non-binary subjectivities to consider the transgressive pleasures and liberations of horror, as makers, masters and consumers of the genre.
From the other side
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA)
9 December 2023 – 3 March 2024